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London's gambling world is the setting for this complex thriller, where aspiring writer Jack Manfred, suffering from writer's block, takes a job as a croupier to support his art. Knowing the dangers of the cards, Jack is adamant about remaining a professional outsider, but the temptations of the game inevitably swallow him deeper than he could have ever anticipated.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"Croupier is taut, tense and enthralling, as smart and surprising as its protagonist."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Owen is superb."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"One of the very best movies of this beloved and sleazy genre."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's more of an art movie than a thriller, but it's still gripping, persuasive, unsettling stuff."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"Ultimately, it's the finely drawn characters, the unusual setting and a completely engrossing story that make this one a winner."
‑ , E! Online
"Gambling and gamblers are a movie staple, but Croupier comes at the sport and its population from a fresh and, finally, rewardingly wide perspective."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Clive Owen's breakthrough role"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"...a model of what might be accomplished by a capable director working on a small budget - namely one of the best films of the year."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's a real surprise to watch Hodges examine the humanity of his characters instead of just having them run around and kill each other."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Airless, mannered mess."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"The choice of Clive Owen as the star is a good one. He's got the same sort of physical reserve as Sean Connery in the Bond pictures."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"For refusing to lie down and let his film die and for returning some much needed cred to British cinema, Hodges deserves another roll of the dice."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"For once here is a British film that is both tough and intelligent, and so well-researched that it will probably tell you more about how casinos work than had it been a documentary."
‑ George Perry,
"Far more successful at the gambler's rush than Matt Damon's schoolboy lessons in Rounders, Croupier is worth taking a chance on."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp,
"As for director Hodges, he has made a thinking man's thriller that comes up aces."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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